The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) requires that water systems maintain an adequate source of supply to meet their projected needs, typically defined as 15% more supply than projected demand. The Southwest Fairfield County Region (SWFCR) currently has less than 10% more supply than demand and is projected to have inadequate supply in the future based on growth projections for the four communities. The available water will be reduced further in 2029 with the implementation of regulations that require increased reservoir releases for ecological protection.
For these reasons Aquarion is proposing to increase the transfer of water from the Bridgeport System to the SWFCR. The increased capacity of the Southwest Regional Pipeline (SWRP) will provide supply resilience, reduce drought risk, and enable Aquarion to make ecological reservoir releases in compliance with the new regulations.